Massive 'Lost' Asteroid Zooming Past Earth On May 15 Poses No Risk

14 May, 2018, 18:14 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Asteroid 2010 WC9

Space rock moves through space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h).

The giant asteroid, around the size of the Statue of Liberty, will track a peculiar path and fly between Earth and its natural satellite.

Asteroid flyby tales are no more uncommon, with one of the most current one on asteroid 2018 GE3, which was just identified after it passed the Earth Exactly what makes this future planet flyby deserving of a tale? However, it is rapidly brightening and is expected to get even brighter than eleventh magnitude when it is at the closest distance to the Earth.

Is asteroid 2010 WC9 large sufficient that we should be stressed over the close experience? The Arizona Catalina sky survey was first discovered on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched until December 10, when it became too weak.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 was "lost" and then found.

An asteroid whose dimensions range from 197 to 427 feet (approximately 60 to 130 meters) in diameter, 2010 WC9 asteroid, will pass safely between the Earth and the Moon on Tuesday, May 15th.

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However, scan has revealed he only suffered a sprain and doctors have said the 33-year-old has no danger of missing out in the epic battle.

The rock has completed its orbit and now returns to Earth eight years later.

Although asteroids coming close to Earth are no longer unusual and scary, judging by the number of asteroids that have passed next to our planet's orbit just in this year alone, people still worry whether there would be an impact that could cause catastrophic consequences.

It is bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which broke up entering the Earth's atmosphere five years ago in 2013.

When the house-sized asteroid entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation, it released an energy equivalent to around 440,000 tons of TNT.

Although Tuesday's visitor won't be visible to the naked eye, star gazers might be able to catch a glimpse of it with a telescope. However, Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast live from their telescope the day before the "lost" asteroid's approach, the nonprofit organization announced on Facebook.

"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time".

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